Almost half of Molokai’s estimated population of 7,200 people came out to Kaunakakai Ballfield Saturday evening to take part in Convoy of Hope Hawaii’s event.
Convoy of Hope Hawaii, a faith-based organization, called the event the “Day of Compassion.” Unlike anything that has come to Molokai before, this impressive organizational effort involved 563 volunteers, 12 churches (most of the churches on Molokai) and financial support from numerous individuals and companies.
As residents were funneled into the ballfield, volunteers handed out wristbands for specific services, tickets for groceries and information sheets. According to Convoy of Hope, this is what was distributed: 1,200 pairs of children’s shoes, 175 family portraits, 185 haircuts.
An estimated 2,546 guests came to receive free food and/or services. More than 5,000 bags of groceries were distributed. A total of 1,456 guests prayed and received encouragement. A free lunch of stew was also available. Guests also enjoyed musical entertainment, a “Kids Zone,” community services, health services and prayer.
For many families, the event itself was a prayer answered.
“Sometimes, God puts us in a place we just need to be,” wrote Nichol Helm Kahale, who attended the event with husband Mike and her four sons. “He gently guides us to this place — perhaps to give us hope in ourselves, hope in others and hope in humanity. And that’s what happened last night at the Convoy of Hope,” wrote Nichol.
“The Convoy of Hope was such a blessing,” wrote Molokai resident and teacher Mary Dudoit, clearly echoing the feelings of thousands of others on Molokai.
Platinum sponsors for Convoy of Hope were: Assemblies of God, First Assembly of God Red Hill, G4S Security, Matson, Paul Mitchell The School, Young Brothers. Gold level sponsors: Aqua Waikiki Wave & Aqua Hospitality, Hawaii Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Hawaiian Hope, Heart of Aloha Church, Molokai Baptist Church and Salem Media.